February 24, 2015

Fitting into the Environment

Posted in Onboarding tagged , , , , at 4:12 pm by Yvonne LaRose

It’s one thing to research the company in order to prepare for the interview. You want to sound brilliant (because you are), enthusiastic (obviously), able to bring the company to success (was there any doubt), punctual (all of the time), thorough (about everything) and prove that all of that is true.

But as you walk through the business in order to reach the place of the interview, what are you noticing? Are you paying attention to how the place looks, the size, the number of machines and types of machines, how things are divided? What about the people? Are they only talking to customers or are they talking to fellow workers? How do they look and what are they wearing? Can you see yourself being part of this?

Once that offer is extended, you need to have those answers ready so that you can either blurt out an enthusiastic “Yes” or else ask for a little time to think about things. There are things that probably haven’t been discussed yet such as amount of pay and benefits, plus when the benefits will be available. And you’ll want to know who your co-workers will be.

Another important factor will be whether your work will be autonomous (you’re working alone) or as part of a team that has a leader. Maybe you will be the leader of the team – or prepare to become the leader. Nevertheless, you need to first learn about the workplace and your place in it. Then you need to learn what is expected of you. Your position is your responsibility with the company. People are relying on you to do your part of the job so that they can follow in succession and keep the work product flow moving.

Welcoming the Newcomer

Welcoming the Newcomer

Having a good relationship with the co-workers (whether autonomous work or team) is important. Being mindful of how all of the processes fit together to create a cohesive whole unit is useful for making sense of the job and what you do there. Getting along with your co-workers means you have the rapport to be considered part of the team. You have value, as do your co-workers, and are needed. Have you ever been assigned to work with someone who didn’t do their share of the work? At the end of the day, they went home rested while all of your existence ached from having done the work of two. And besides that, only half the work got done; there was still more to do on the next workday. (Did you ask to be re-assigned?)

So there you are. You’ve gone all of the interviewing miles and been offered the job. You’ve accepted it based on what you saw during the interview and the walks through the business to have the interview. Now that you have the overview of the business, you have some idea of what it takes to fit into the environment in your role.


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